Archive for July 2013

Bechtol wins Industry Achievement Award

When David Bechtol is honored at the 2013 Feeding Quality Forums with the Industry Achievement Award, colleagues and clients will catch a glimpse of recent history that laid the foundation for many of the ways they handle cattle health today. As one of the very first veterinary feedlot consultants, he evolved with a very young…

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Beef industry about to make a slow turn

By: Debra Levey Larson URBANA, Ill. –The number of beef animals has been in a downward spiral since 2007 due to drought, which has ravaged pastures, and due to high prices of corn, soybean meal, and forages. Although expansion is expected to start slowly, the beef industry is about to reverse a downward trend in numbers.…

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Are you doin’ your part to keep consumers lovin’ beef?

When you sell your calves at the local auction market, you pay your $1-per-head beef checkoff to invest in maintaining strong demand for your product. But, did you know that when you harvest an animal and sell the beef through a farmers market, online, or to your friends and neighbors, you also need to pay…

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Ohio State Farm Policy Expert Offers Farm Bill Update

By: Tracy Turner COLUMBUS, Ohio – As the debate about the future of the 2013 Farm Bill continues, an Ohio State University farm policy expert has issued a summary that provides a detailed overview of the debate and examines the farm bill situation from a political, process and content perspective. The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed a…

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Protect Cattle From Heat Stress

Being proactive is the best way to deal with heat stress in cattle. "Once cattle are in a severe state of heat stress, you may be too late to help them," cautions Carl Dahlen, a North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist. "Having a solid management plan in place to address heat stress…

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Cattle confirmed deaths due to blackleg

LITTLE ROCK – A bacterial infection that often occurs during drought has claimed cattle in herds in Lonoke and Sebastian counties, Tom Troxel, associate head-Animal Science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said Thursday. Deaths were confirmed by the diagnostic lab of the state Livestock and Poultry Commission, he said. The disease…

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Zoetis and The Roslin Institute collaborate to control Salmonella

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., July 10, 2013 — Zoetis Inc., formerly the animal health business unit of Pfizer Inc., and The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, today announced a collaboration for research of Salmonella in cattle. The Roslin Institute has received funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to support collaborative research with Zoetis that will…

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